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You have 1 year to file a medical malpractice lawsuit

There are many things that can go wrong in the course of health care interactions. The effects of these errors can be life-altering. When you find out that your doctor wasn't as dependable, upstanding and ethical as you believed, there are a lot of thoughts that might go through your mind.

We know that you had trust in your doctor. The violation of this trust is sometimes more difficult to deal with than the physical effects of the issue.

Understanding some points about medical harm in California

Medical professionals who don't handle cases in an appropriate manner can end up causing harm to patients. This harm is often met with the patient filing a claim for compensation. In most cases, this is done by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit; however, this might not always be the case.

The circumstances of the situation determine how the case is filed. While some cases are clear cut, other cases aren't so clear. For example, there might be cases when the circumstances could be considered medical malpractice but they could also be considered general negligence. The line between these two is often very fine.

Seeking compensation for wrongful death has specific time limits

The death of a loved one is something that you can't ever prepare for adequately. This is especially true when the death is unexpected. Losing a loved one in a car crash or medical malpractice is something that you might not ever fully recover from.

As hard as it is to think about when you are grieving, you might need to explore the possibility of seeking compensation for the death. While this isn't going to bring your loved one back here, it can help to send a message to the person who caused the death.

Medical professionals might face lawsuits for wrongful death

You expect that a loved one will get appropriate care from the doctors and medical professionals who are supposed to be taking care of them. When someone fails to do their job, you might end up getting a call that your loved one has lost his or her life. This is a sad situation that can devastate the family.

While you might not want to think about having to take legal action while you are grieving your loved one's death, you should consider the possibility if you think that you have a case. This is because there are time limits that are set forth by the law for how long you have to file your claim.

Pedestrian accidents demand urgent attention

The San Diego area is a very pedestrian-friendly area. This doesn't mean that all motorists watch for pedestrians in the way they should. In fact, some drivers become so distracted that they simply don't see people who are walking, even if they are walking in designated crosswalks. This is a very serious safety hazard to these pedestrians.

We know that you did everything you could to avoid getting hit by the car. In many cases, these accidents happen so fast that you can't take any evasive action. We understand that this was a traumatic experience for you.

How can drivers and pedestrians work together to increase safety?

Because pedestrians and drivers are often in close quarters, it is necessary for both parties to take steps to ensure that the people who are walking remain safe. By working together, it might be possible to prevent some accidents.

When drivers don't follow proper safety directions, the pedestrians are the ones who can be hurt. The same is true if pedestrians don't use proper safety.

Don't let drunk drivers ruin your long holiday weekend

A car accident is something that can't be predicted. As you go about your fun-filled days this coming weekend, make sure that you do everything that you can to stay safe. One thing that everyone must be vigilant about this weekend is drunk drivers.

We know that people are going to be partying this weekend, but this isn't any excuse for these drivers to do things that might harm others. Instead, drunk drivers should use designated drivers, public transportation or ride share services to get where they need to go after they've had a few drinks.

Compensation for emotional trauma following a crash

Emotional trauma is something that is difficult to deal with. For people who have to deal with this because of a car accident, the effects can be devastating.

Think about how much you rely on being able to hop in your vehicle and go where you want to go. People who suffer from emotional trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), after a car crash can make it difficult to travel in a vehicle. Even though San Diego is a pedestrian-friendly city, you can still see why not being able to get into a car might be difficult.

Know what options you have when an accident kills your loved one

We recently discussed the horrors of the power morcellation procedure. If you recall, this device and procedure are associated with an increase in fatal cancers. As you can imagine, this is a horrible thing to have watch your loved one suffer through.

If you lose your loved one in a tragic event, whether it is from a medical malpractice issue or a car crash, you might be faced with the bleak financial situation that is forthcoming. This is especially true if your loved one was the primary income earner in your home.

Power morcellators: A quick primer

A recent post on this blog discussed the death of a champion for women who were harmed by the use of a power morcellator. This post might have some readers wondering what that is and why women are dying from it.

A power morcellator is a surgical instrument that allowed doctors to do minimally invasive surgery to remove uterine fibroids. It was also used to give hysterectomies. The benefits that were touted included shorter healing times and less pain.

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